The Rivertime Boat Trust has won The Queens Award for Voluntary Service 2012. The award recognises volunteering work that is a social, economic or environmental service to the local community.
Rivertime, is a 12-seater day boat based in Henley for use by disabled and disadvantaged children and adults, for the summer season.
The boat was launched in 2008 year by David Suchet for the Rivertime Boat Trust to operate on the Middle Thames between Windsor and Oxford. . The objectives of the charity are to provide and maintain a specially constructed boat and other facilities for the disabled and disadvantaged, to work with other charities that have similar objectives and to organize boat trips on the Middle Thames for these groups.
From March to October 2011 Rivertime undertook 200 bookings. Rivertime already has 156 bookings which will keep Lucy Herbert, her senior Skipper and crew very busy. Since it was launched the boat has completed over 500 trips andtaken out more than 6000 people with disabilities.
“Providing the pleasure of boating.”
Speaking at a party to celebrate the award at Dorney Lake, Trustee and Founder of the charity Simon Davis said “ We are thrilled to receive this award. It is recognition for the large number of volunteer skippers, crew and others who give so generously of their time and also help to raise much needed funds. We are now working with many local groups and charities providing the pleasure of boating for many people who would not otherwise be able to experience it.”
For more information about the Rivertime Boat Trust visit www.rivertimeboattrust.org.uk.
Donations may also be made on their website.